~RIP~ Target the Hero

United States
November 16, 2010 10:45pm CST
When it comes to being a noteworthy hero, human's aren't the only species who can achieve this. This post is about a beautiful German shepherd mix, Target. As a stray on the war-ravaged streets of Afghanistan, she had been shot by the Taliban and blasted by explosives. In fact, the plucky German Shepherd cheated death so often that U.S. soldiers named her Target. She had even become a life-saving hero by sniffing out and fighting off a suicide bomber on a military base. When she was wounded she was treated by medics as if she were just another one of the soldiers. Target even appeared on Oprah with her owner to celebrate her heroism. Tragically, Target was mistakenly euthanized at an Arizona shelter. When Target got lost, her owner found her on the shelters online list of dogs, but he assumed that the shelter was closed on the weekends, but he went to the shelter immediately on Monday. But when he got there, he was told that his dog was dead. 'My four-year-old son just can't understand what is going on with Target and keeps asking me to get the poison out of her and bring her home. They don't want her to go be with God yet,' a teary Sgt Young told the local CBS TV station. *This story breaks my heart. I feel for Sgt. Young and his family. ~RIP Target~ You're beautiful! To read the full story and see photos of Target and her family, click on the following link.And be sure to watch the video at the bottom of the page! It's the news report on when she saved the soldiers and when she came to live with one (it's a story released before she was killed, and it really shows what an impact she had on every one). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1330088/Afghanistan-dog-hero-mistake-Arizona-animal-shelter.html
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
17 Nov 10
That is so sad, I can't believe they put her down that quick!!!! Don't they have to hold a dog at least three days before even considering this? I can't watch the video right now, but will save it for later..
• United States
18 Nov 10
I think they have to hold an animal for 48 hours, however, no time restrictions would have helped Target in this case. The worker at the shelter took Target by mistake, they thought it was a dog who's time actually was up. It wasn't just that Target wasn't given enough time, it was that Target was mistaken for another dog. The video is a must watch, so definitely do watch it when you get a chance!
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• United States
18 Nov 10
I tried and it messed up, so I will try to view it again.. So I am emotionally upset, missed the part where he was taken by mistake, but even so, only 48 hours? I thought it was 3 days or maybe that is what it is here in my county. My daughter did some volunteer work there, I'll have to ask her...
• United States
18 Nov 10
Sorry, I got maybe 3 seconds into it and it stopped and I can't get it to play again..:(
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
21 Nov 10
This is very sad. Considering what Target has gone through, and to just be mistakenly put down. I don't have a dog, and I wouldn't pretend to know the bond between man and dog, but some stories are just too heart breaking not to say something about. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
22 Nov 10
Thank you bounce :) Yes it is very sad...this dog survived being shot, almost blown up...all kinds of things most people don't have to go through in their lives. And then to die because a very tragic mistake!?!? Oh it sucks! Speaking from experience, the bond between dog and owner is VERY strong. I've never had a dog that saved my life, so I'm sure the way this soldier (who was the medic that worked on Target after the explosion) felt for Target was stronger than any bond I've had.
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Nov 10
I'm glad we have all no kill shelters here. The dog was a hero, survives all that to be euthanized by a shelter. It's not a shelter if they don't give shelter, to me. Only animals with terminal illnesses are put to sleep here. Unless the dog catcher gets them. Our town or county may put them to sleep if people don't call and rescue them, but he doesn't call his temporary housing a shelter. People call him reguardless of the day or night if missing an animal so they can pay a fine and get them back.
• United States
20 Nov 10
Yeah I believe that is the only reason an animal should every be euthanized, is if there is absolutely no way to help them physically (hurt or sick to bad). But I don't believe in euthanizing aggressive/fearful dogs either, I think, given time, they can always be helped. I feel so sorry for the soldier, he must feel so guilty about not calling the shelter right away. Poor family!!! His 4 year old son loved the dog, so sad!!!
• Philippines
17 Nov 10
Nice one. I'm always inspired when i watch stories like this. Even animals exhibit bravery and honor, they're just not aware of it.. Or maybe they are, i'm not sure. All i know is that i'm inspired to write a song about it.
• United States
18 Nov 10
I don't know if animals really KNOW that they did something brave and honorable, but I do believe that they are happy to do what they must to protect people they love. And love is definitely an emotion that animals can feel, and show very well! That's great! If you do write a song about it, please share it with me!
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
1 Dec 10
Well that sucks... I don't think I'd ever take an animal to a public shelter if there were any other choices. Too many animals are euthanized. Sad.